This section describes the Kafka agents and profile. The agents are used to forward and collect messages using Kafka. Kafka is a cluster-based software executed externally outside of  . Kafka uses a high throughput publish-subscriber messaging model. It persists all messages and by design it decouples the publisher from the subscriber. That means that the forwarding agent will keep writing to the log even if the collection agents terminate.

The Kafka forwarding agent is available in real-time workflows and is listed among the processing agents while the Kafka collection agent is available in both batch and real-time workflows and is listed among the collection agents.